Land price rises may not last

Farm land values have soared in the last year but they may not be sustainable.

NZ's farm land values have risen more than most comparable countries in the past 15 years but they may have plateaued an economist has warned.

Lanterns risk warning

Concerned farmer Ken Fotheringhame is warning party and festival goers about the dangers wires in paper lanterns can have on stock.

A Waikato farmer is warning of the potential hazard paper lanterns pose to animals.

NZ demo farm set to go

Dairy Solutionz chief executive Derek Fairweather says the demonstration farm in Colombia is the first of its kind to use New Zealand technology in the high tropics at 2800m above sea level.

A NZ demonstration dairy farm in Colombia is to be officially opened by the country's president.

Drought stricken reassured

Prime Minister John Key paid a visit to the Christchurch suburb of Bromley to officially open the Rylock factory, and answered a range of topics from the waiting media.

John Key has told farmers in drought-stricken North Canterbury that NZ has a bright future in feeding the region's growing wealth.

Empowering women farmers

Lucy Thorneycroft and her husband own a 633 hectare sheep and beef farm in the Wairarapa.

A new initiative is helping women step into business leadership roles in farming.

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opinion

Council picking rates favourites

The Waipa District Council is leaning on farmers to carry an increasing burden of rates, over and above what is reasonable for the services they receive, Chris Lewis says.

OPINION: Council's 180 degree turn on rating mix that increases rates disproportionately causing angst in a rural community.

Kernels of truth in the chaff

Science is open and self-correcting, unlike the 'isms' based on faith or dogma.

Opinions welcomed at Fed Farmers

GMP not the answer for combating low payout

Fieldays

Breaking new ground video

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

Laugh until the cows come home

Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

People pack into the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

dairy

Trust optimistic ahead of funding deadline

An artist's impression of what the proposed Southern Dairy Hub might look like.

The Southern Dairy Development Trust remains confident it will secure $2 million in pledges from the farming community before next Thursday's deadline, despite being less than halfway to their goal.

NZ dairy industry should appreciate what it has got

Selina Prem-Kumar hopes that one-day Sri Lanka will have a dairy industry that resembles the set up in New Zealand.

Dairy Solutionz chief executive Derek Fairweather says the demonstration farm in Colombia is the first of its kind to use New Zealand technology in the high tropics at 2800m above sea level.

NZ demo farm in Colombia set to go

A NZ demonstration dairy farm in Colombia is to be officially opened by the country's president.

advice

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

Invasive weed spreads

Warm temperatures this summer have contributed to the spread of an invasive weed throughout Taranaki.

With the change of season come increased safety risks for farmers, say government and industry prepresentatives.

Seasonal safety in sights

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

aquaculture

Fish and chips may be at risk

Fish and Chips

Could the "fish" in fish and chips soon be off the menu thanks to global warming?

No arguing in this seafood spat

The top of the south's scientific and aquaculture expertise was praised at the opening of NZ''s first greenshell mussel hatchery.

The Sanford mussel processing facility in Havelock.

Hours cut at Havelock mussel plant

The night shift at a Havelock mussel factory has been cut due to diminished mussel crops.

beef

Cattle judges brush up skills at RAS seminar

Lowline heifers wait their turn in the judging ring at the Royal Agricultural Society's judges seminar.

Cattle judges leap at the chance to brush up their skills at a recent RAS beef judging seminar.

Thin cattle not suffering - MPI

Investigation into thin cattle on a Cook Strait ferry reveals no evidence of animal harm.

Mid Canterbury hereford breeder David Morrow of Okawa Stud.

Where the best bulls come from

The best bulls come from studs who farm commercially, the man behind Okawa Herefords tells Tony Benny.

Sheep

Sheepdog trials a sport worth saving

Waimea Sheep Dog Trial Club president Eleanor Greenhough with her dogs Mac and Whizz at the sheep dog trials held near Wakefield.

3:42 PM  Farmers and their trusty sidekicks at annual sheepdog trials fear the rural art is a "dying sport".

Nitrogen to spark parched paddocks

North Canterbury dryland sheep and beef farmers are being urged to apply nitrogen to their drought-stricken grass pastures now, to kick-start growth before winter.

John and Jean Ellison, sheep and dairy farmers of Norsewood.

Environmentally sound

Commitment to fencing waterways and planting trees has been part of one Norsewood farmer’s programme for many years.

cropping

Moet maker on why NZ has it good video

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Bottles of Moet champagne are seen at the bar on day one of the three day Grand National meeting at Aintree racecourse on April 09, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

And on why you should probably not cellar your Champagne.

Growing kiwifruit the Italian way

The Mafia is just one of the hazards that Zespri's European supply manager Callum Kay has to be aware of.

Anthony and Angela pick a selection for their local farmers’ market.

Demand for heirloom tomatoes growing

An Auckland couple eschews commercial tomato growing for an heirloom harvest and an artisan lifestyle.

agribusiness

Farm land price rises may not last

Farm land values have soared in the last year but they may not be sustainable.

NZ's farm land values have risen more than most comparable countries in the past 15 years but they may have plateaued an economist has warned.

Chance for say on water

Waikato farmers can let their views be heard on the region's Healthy Rivers Plan for Change at a series of meetings.

Brancott Valley vineyard.

Bulk savvy sells for twice the price

The price of Marlborough wine on the bulk market has doubled after low yields this harvest.

Discovery

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain.

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

Better deer health can lift profits

Big savings are ahead for deer farmers who introduce customised animal health plans.

Lincoln University
Biology Husbandry Unit Future Farming Centre scientist Dr Charles Merfield.

Non-chemical pest control promising

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results.

rural women

Kahlia gets the job done

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Thriving in the best of both worlds

Fonterra Shareholders Councillor Sandra Cordell reveals why she is passionate about the role and the industry.

Horse riding introduced Nicky Hutchinson to show competing and now she is the first female president of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Video

Sanford closes plant

Mussel processor shuts Christchurch plant at a cost of more than $2m in exit pay, cutting 232 jobs.

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